'Pakistani forces killed 2 Afghan soldiers, not 50'

At least 10 people including an FC personnel and women, children were killed and 47 others injured when Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team in Chaman on Friday.

Pakistan's Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector Major General Nadeem Ahmed announced the news on Sunday, adding that more than 100 members of Afghan security forces had also been wounded in the cross-border operation.

Gen. Abdul Raziq, the police chief in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, blamed Pakistan for initiating the gunbattle.

"There are over 20 unofficial crossings along the Afghan-Pakistani border which militants use to move between the two countries", Wahid Muzhdah, a Kabul-based analyst on the Taliban and a former member of the group, told DW.

Pakistan dispatched truckloads of relief supplies Saturday to villages along the southwest border with Afghanistan, where Pakistan closed a border crossing in response to fighting that killed 11 of its people, officials said. The incident resulted in the Chaman border crossing being closed.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly accuse each other of sheltering their enemy insurgents. This was done despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for conduct of census.




General Campbell in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee said that building up the Afghan military was "akin to building an airplane while in flight". He also laid out in a media briefing that at least five Afghan check-posts were destroyed and at least 100 wounded. Being a peace loving country, Pakistan has a policy to maintain good relations with all its neighbouring countries, he said, adding that some foreign elements were creating hurdles in the peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Friday's fire ended when local commanders from the two armies communicated on a hotline that is set up between top army officers from the two sides to defuse tensions.

"Afghan security forces have crossed an worldwide border and came towards our side of the divided village and they occupied the positions over there".

The border points were opened after a month on the orders of the prime minister after millions of dollars were lost in trading and business between the two countries.

Over 50 Afghan nationals were killed on Sunday in retaliation of Pakistan Army against Afghan troops' bid to capture houses along the Line of Control in Pakistani territory.

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